MADRID (AP) — Serbia and Spain will face off in the group stage of the Davis Cup Finals, organizers said after holding a draw on Tuesday.
That could mean a Novak Djokovic clash against Rafael Nadal when their nations play in Group B with Canada and South Korea in Valencia from September 14-18. Nadal didn’t play for Spain last year; Djokovic helped Serbia reach the semi-finals.
Group A, hosted by Bologna, will include Croatia – finalists last year – as well as Italy, Argentina and Sweden.
Group C, in Hamburg, will pit Germany against France, Belgium and Australia.
Great Britain, the United States, Kazakhstan and the Netherlands will play in Group D in Glasgow.
Serbia were in the draw to replace last year’s champions Russia after they were expelled by the International Tennis Federation for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The top two teams from each group will advance to the Round of 16, including the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final to be played in Malaga, southern Spain, from November 21-27.
Also on Tuesday, the ITF and organizing group Kosmos Tennis announced that Valencia would host group matches. Bologna, Glasgow and Hamburg had already been named as host cities.
All competition between the men’s national teams will be played on indoor hard courts.
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